Republican Barrett Davie accuses opponent of doing the 'Highland Park Hustle' with taxpayer money
Barrett Davie, a self-described independent Republican running in the 29th Senate District, has about 150 million reasons why he thinks voters still haven’t forgiven Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield).
“In 2016, Senator Julie Morrison sneakily passed a law to enable a plan to add $150 million in new debt and $700 in higher property taxes only for taxpayers in Highland Park and Highwood,” Davie recently posted on Facebook.
“The citizens fought back and defeated the effort in referendum, but Morrison caused an unnecessary ‘civil war’ in these communities that still hasn't healed,” he said.
Those questionable acts and others by his opponent can only lead to one conclusion for voters, he said.
“Morrison is untrustworthy and unreliable when it comes to protecting taxpayers in Highland Park, Highwood and across the 29th Senate District,” he added in the post. “Taxpayers rejected her ‘Highland Park Hustle’ then and they should reject her graduated income tax increase now.”
Morrison was at the forefront in pushing legislation that would allow the district to increase the amount of debt it is allowed to run up to $150 million, according to the Chicago Tribune,
The matter of the added borrowing, said to be for school construction projects that could run as high as $198 million, is up for a referendum vote on March 15, 2019.
The 29th district includes portions of the north suburbs of Chicago in Lake and Cook counties.